have you ever had that moment when you go to open your camera on your phone and for some unexcusable reason it’s in selfie mode and you are actually scared of your own reflection?
tell me you’ve been there.
anyway. before i was traumatized by the sight of my own face, i was going to make some annoying metaphor about the how my life is changing much like the seasons or something similar that would make you want to chug your glass of wine in hopes this post would be more bearable.
my life is a complete cliche right now. the last few weeks have seen some changes changin.
i’m moving apartments next month. which isn’t a big deal to many city dwellers but it is to me because my little sandbox of an apartment is the only city home i’ve known. it’s been the little anchor in my crazy life here. it’s home.
but it’s time to move on.
my ex messaged me recently. my way way back ex. ok. he’s the ex. the first ex. the ex that sets the tone for your future relationships.and i was just like “what? what do you want?” not in an angry way but in a ‘haven’t you had enough way? haven’t you taken enough? hurt each other enough?’ what could you possible want from me now exasperated kind of way.
we put this relationship in a box and locked it a long time ago. can’t you just leave it there? the chapter ended. there’s no sequel. no trilogy. just locked and stored in the back of the closet along with the shell necklaces and neon green flip phone.
i wrote a whole post about it, but i haven’t found the gumpshun to post it. it will from here be known as ‘the ex post that i refer to all the time but never actually published because it was very hannah brencher and she does it far better than me’.
my point is, there’s a time when you just know – it’s time to be a’moving along and stop fretting about what could have been.
so the change that’s happening is good. i think. i’m not one of those “oh hey change, i love your style and how you make me feel, wanna come home with me tonight?” kind of girl. i’m more of a, you look really nice on other people kind of girl.
but ready or not, here it comes.
so i made homemade ramen. because cooking calms me and this ramen is like sliding into a bubble bath at the end of a hectic day. i recently went to wasabi in logan square with a friend of mine (heyyy tayyy) and mind = blown. holy pork belly. get it. the spicy roasted garlic one. do not pass go, do not collect $200.
also, sidenote. it’s BYOB. so bring da booze. or else you’ll be running over to CVS to purchase yourself some, which i definitely didn’t do because that’s just weird.
i love pork belly. it’s just one of life’s little treasures you should find again and again. however, i have a bone to pick with you. yes, i’m looking at you – grocery stores with no pork belly – whyyyyyyy. i can’t find it in chi. who has all the pork belly in chicago and when you are inviting me over? i will even come with dolla bills, yo.
so that’s why it’s vegetarian. because if i couldn’t have pork belly, i didnt want any meat at all.
and yes, you use the orange 99 cent ramen noodle packets to make these circa miami university foxden 2009. you’re welcome.
- 2 packages instant ramen (just the noodles, you can throw the packet out)
- 1 tablespoon ground fresh chili paste*
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 3 teaspoons grated ginger
- 4 cups broth (I used chicken, but vegetable would work)
- 3 cups water
- 1/3 cup mushrooms
- 1/2 cup chopped scallions or chives
- 2 cups spinach
- 1 teaspoon EVOO
- Sriracha to taste
- *i used this because i thought it would be nice and flavorful. If you don’t have this, I would just add about 2 teaspoons minced garlic and extra sriracha
- Heat the sesame oil in a large skillet over medium low heat. Add ginger and chili paste; cook for 2 minutes or until soft and fragrant.
- Add the broth and the water.
- Heat until it begins to simmer; add the mushrooms and cook for 10 minutes or until the mushrooms have softened and the broth is flavorful.
- in a separate pan, take 1 teaspoon olive oil and add carrots. simmer until softened slightly, about 3-4 minutes. then add spinach, cook until wilted about 1 minute. set aside.
- Add the instant noodles to the hot liquid and simmer for an additional 5 minutes or until the noodles have softened. Add the scallions, spinach and carrots and stir to combine.